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New Delhi, discovers how menopause is associated with women’s heart health by expert Dr. Aparna Jaiswal, Associate Director, Cardiology and Electrophysiology, Fortis Escort Heart Institute.

Jaiswal discusses how in addition to lifestyle diseases like weight gain and decreased estrogen levels in mature women, there is a concern for major risk factors of cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) or as we simply term heart health is the leading cause of concern for women. Doctors claim that as women mature with age, they are increasingly exposed to high levels of major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases which can be a poor lipid profile including weight gain.

In addition to adverse changes associated with chronological aging, women experience the biological changes of the menopausal transition.Decreasing estrogen levels during the transition has been linked to endothelial dysfunction and larger vessel diameters, markers of early adverse vascular changes.

Therefore, decreased estrogen following the menopausal transition leaves the vasculature vulnerable to CVD risk factors, such as lipids.

Researchers claim that the protective effect of HDL may be diminished as women transition menopause.

HDL stands for “high-density lipoprotein”. Nicknamed the “good” cholesterol because wellness experts think it might help the body counter LDL cholesterol.

Women may have higher levels of HDL cholesterol than men because the female sex hormone estrogen seems to boost this good cholesterol. But, like so much else, everything changes at menopause.

At this point, many women experience a change in their cholesterol levels total as well as the LDL cholesterol rise, and HDL cholesterol levels drop.

Therefore, women who had favourable cholesterol values during their childbearing years might end up with a deranged lipid profile later in life. Of course, genetic constitution along with lifestyle factors contributes largely.

Women today are strictly preached to start taking care of their heart health as soon as they reach 40 years of age or maybe earlier. To maintain good heart health, doctors recommend a few additions to daily routine:

  1. Exercise 30 to 40 minutes daily preferably brisk walking.
  2. Intermediate cardiovascular activities like swimming, tennis, aerobics or zumba are good along with stretching, pilates, and yoga for better muscle toning.
  3. Maintaining body fat at an ideal BMI is essential.
  4. Checking body fat percentage and ensuring that it is in the ideal range is necessary.
  5. A well balanced, high fiber, moderate protein is necessary to maintain a good lipid profile.
  6. Consult a nutritionist and discuss food items that raise HDL levels. Green leafy vegetables, walnuts, dark chocolate, fish or wheat germ may be recommended in your dietary recommendation.

Discuss a wellness plan with your doctor early and initiate the transformation steps for your heart health and sail through menopause without health hiccups.

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Jharkhand doctor prescribes pregnancy test to men for stomach ache

Following this, the two men complained against the doctor to Arun Kumar Paswan, the civil surgeon of Chatra district.

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Ranchi, Oct 14 : A doctor in Jharkhand prescribed pregnancy test to two young men in Chatra district after they complained of stomach pain.

Besides pregnancy test, Mukesh Kumar, a government hospital doctor, also asked Gopal Ganjhu and Kameshwar Janhu to undergo tests for HIV and haemoglobin.

Following this, the two men complained against the doctor to Arun Kumar Paswan, the civil surgeon of Chatra district.

“A probe has been ordered into the matter,” Paswan told reporters.

Kumar has however denied the allegation.

In July, another doctor in East Singhbhum district had prescribed condoms to a woman who had complained of stomach pain.

Only when she visited a pharmacy, she realised that the prescribed medicine on the prescription was a condom.

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75-year-old woman delivers baby girl in Kota

The baby had to be delivered prematurely via C-section after 6.5 months of pregnancy given the age of the mother, who was medically and physically weak.

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Jaipur, Oct 13 : A 75-year-old woman has delivered a baby girl in Kota via IVF late on Saturday night, doctors confirmed on Sunday.

The underweight child, weighing 600 gm, has been shifted to the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) of another hospital while the woman was in Kinkar Hospital in Kota. A team of pediatricians is monitoring the child.

The woman, who had earlier adopted a kid, wanted to have her own child and hence had consulted the doctors about the possibilities of her becoming a mother. She wanted to try IVF, said Abhilasha Kinkar, a doctor at a private hospital.

The baby had to be delivered prematurely via C-section after 6.5 months of pregnancy given the age of the mother, who was medically and physically weak. Moreover, the woman had only one lung, which was a challenge for the medical team.

The woman, who belongs to a farmer’s family with a rural background, had insisted to have her own baby which left the medicos surprised, said Kinkar.

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Mysuru (Karnataka), Oct 12 President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday called for a multi-pronged approach to address the healthcare challenges due to the triple burden of communicable, non-communicable and emerging diseases in the country.

“Though we have achieved a lot over the years, we are challenged by communicable, non-communicable and emerging diseases. We need to improve access to health services for the people,” said Kovind at a foundation stone-laying event in Karnataka’s Varuna village near Mysuru.

Admitting that malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases put severe constraints on the people, Kovind said cleanliness and sanitation were the basic requirement to tackle many health-related issues and diseases.

Addressing a huge gathering at the JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research in the village on the occasion, the President said the healthcare challenges were a fallout of the larger socio-economic problems across the country.

“Solutions to meet the health challenges need to be broad-based and multi-pronged. The stakeholders should use the power of modern medicine and traditional knowledge. They must focus on body and mind and involve in prevention and cure,” asserted Kovind.

Set up in 2008, the Academy is a tribute to Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, whose 104th birth anniversary is being commemorated this year.

Varuna is the home town of former state chief minister and opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah.

The President is on a three-day visit to the southern state since Thursday to participate in various educational, religious and judicial functions at Mysuru and Bengaluru on Saturday.

Kovind also visited the Hindu goddess Chammundeshwari Devi temple atop a hill on the outskirts of Mysuru.

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